December 22, 2009

I lava chocolate cake.

On the morning of what would turn out to be the first official snow day of my adult(ish) life, I woke up craving chocolate cake – the kind of chocolate cake that is dark, moist, and devilishly delicious. I love the idea of a chocolate cake that includes coffee, buttermilk, and yogurt, three flavor enhancers that promote moistness. The recipe below represents the closest I have come to making my version of a perfect chocolate cake. But beware – this is a recipe for chocoholics' eyes only. And yet I still consider it pretty tame...those who are really hardcore chocoholics will crave a dark chocolate ganache to top the whole thing off.

Deep, Dark Chocolate Cake
Dry ingredients:
1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Wet ingredients:
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Last ingredients:
1 c. hot coffee
3/4 to 1 cup chocolate chips, 60% cacao if possible

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour a loaf pan or two 8-inch pans. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl, then incorporate into the dry ingredients until smooth. Add the hot coffee and mix until combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared pan. If using a loaf pan, it may rise and overflow while baking, so place the loaf pan on top of a large baking sheet to catch any excess batter. Bake for 50 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.


Minh Le said...

That looks so good!

Velva said...

Wow! That cake is a chocoholic delight :-) That looks really good.

Kat said...

i have had this cake ...

... and dreamt of it every night since then.